Grilled Chicken Salad with Spicy Pineapple Dressing

My generous neighbor Jack gave me some fresh picked green leaf, red leaf, and romaine lettuce from his garden. I couldn’t wait to make a summer salad using it. I found this recipe from the Cooking Light July 2010 issue and couldn’t resist giving it a try. I loved the simply seasoned chicken mixed with the crunchy jicama, red pepper, and onion. The spicy pineapple dressing was AMAZING! This salad was perfect in flavor, texture, and taste… we all loved it.

Grilled Chicken Salad with Spicy Pineapple Dressing:
Adapted recipe by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Cooking Light, July 2010
 
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Chili powder, to taste
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • Cooking spray
  • 8 cups of red leaf, green leaf, and romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 3/4 cup jicama, peeled and julienne-cut
  • 1 small red bell pepper, julienne-cut
  • 1 small orange bell pepper, julienne-cut
  • 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced

Heat the grill pan coated with cooking spray over medium high heat. Place the chicken between 2 sheets of saran wrap, and pound to an even thickness using a meat mallet. Sprinkle each side with sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, and chili powder, to taste. Place the chicken in the hot pan and cook for 3 minutes on each side or until done. Remove from pan; set aside to allow the meat to rest.

Spicy Pineapple Dressing:

  • 1 1/4 cups of cubed fresh pineapple, divided
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 4 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp jalapeño, diced
  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil (not pictured)

Combine half of the pineapple, cilantro, orange juice, vinegar, jalapeño, and garlic in a food processor; process until smooth. With the processor on, gradually add the olive oil until well blended.

Slice the chicken into bite size pieces. Combine the remaining pineapple, jicama, bell pepper, red onion, chicken, and lettuce in a bowl. Drizzle with the dressing, and toss until evenly coated. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Click here for a printable version of this recipe – For the Love of Cooking.net


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40 Responses to “Grilled Chicken Salad with Spicy Pineapple Dressing”

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    Paula — July 9, 2010 @ 7:25 am

    I love that dressing!

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    Ana Powell — July 9, 2010 @ 8:07 am

    Lovely neighbors.
    Awesome work, delicious and healthy salad.
    Wishing you a great weekend ♥

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    Cherine — July 9, 2010 @ 8:29 am

    This salad looks absolutely delicious!

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    ♥peachkins♥ — July 9, 2010 @ 8:37 am

    This is such a lovely salad!

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    smalldot — July 9, 2010 @ 10:01 am

    looks nice, I think it tastes the same :D

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    Joanne — July 9, 2010 @ 12:43 pm

    Simple salads like this are really the best part of summer eating. I think I could drink that pineapple dressing. With a straw.

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    Cathy — July 9, 2010 @ 12:54 pm

    Adding pineapple to a chicken salad is a great idea, Pam. The flavors compliment each other so well, especially with that yummy dressing. Perfect for a scorching hot day!

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    Maria — July 9, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

    Beautiful salad!

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    Olive — July 9, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

    ooh, that dressing sounds interesting – an unusual combination of spicy and fruity. Perfect summer salad!

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    Nina Timm — July 9, 2010 @ 3:06 pm

    I have been missing these uber healthy and delicious meals. God you are back!!!

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    The Comfort of Cooking — July 9, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

    Pineapples were on sale for only $1 at my grocery store last week – This makes me wish I would have bought more than one! Love these fresh flavors. Lovely recipe, Pam!

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    StephenC — July 9, 2010 @ 3:40 pm

    Fantastic! And I love pineapple.

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    Salsa Verde — July 9, 2010 @ 4:31 pm

    What a fantastic suggestion!!
    Love,
    Lia.

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    Jenn — July 9, 2010 @ 8:25 pm

    I'm loving that spicy pineapple dressing a lot. Saved.

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    Kathryn — July 9, 2010 @ 9:39 pm

    That looks amazing! You should submit the recipe to Recipe4Living! Each day this month, we’re giving away a t-shirt to our favorite new recipe!

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    Jen_from_NJ — July 9, 2010 @ 9:58 pm

    What a perfect summer salad with a tropical flair!

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    ~RED~ — July 9, 2010 @ 10:05 pm

    Looks so refreshing! It has been so hot here in New Hampshire, you have no idea how good this looks!

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    grace — July 9, 2010 @ 10:10 pm

    i haven't ever really had a dressing that excited me. in fact, i often skip it completely. however, there's no component of your pineapple dressing that i wouldn't like–i think we may have a winner on our hands here!

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    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy — July 9, 2010 @ 11:37 pm

    I so want to try that dressing!!! Thanks!

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    We Are Not Martha — July 10, 2010 @ 12:11 am

    This is the perfect meal for a hot night! I've been on a pineapple kick lately and I love the idea of the spicy dressing :)

    Sues

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    Peanutts — July 10, 2010 @ 1:10 am

    yumm, love that dressing. Nice to have you back, hope you had a great holiday

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    Sook — July 10, 2010 @ 4:48 am

    Mmm… the salad and the dressing look wonderful and healthy!

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    Laurie at Defined by Love — July 10, 2010 @ 5:58 am

    These recipes look delicious. Thank you for new ideas!

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    Donna-FFW — July 10, 2010 @ 10:29 am

    Gorgeous, healthy, summer-like, and the dressing, delicious! You always pick out the best stuff!

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    pigpigscorner — July 10, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

    Very summery! I like the spicy pineapple combo, yum!

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    Ingrid — July 10, 2010 @ 2:56 pm

    Now that's a good looking salad. The dressing sounds amazing. I bet it would taste great as a marinade.
    ~ingrid

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    muchtomydelight — July 10, 2010 @ 3:17 pm

    YUM! What a perfect summer meal!

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    ABowlOfMush — July 10, 2010 @ 4:54 pm

    Looks like a perfectly delicious summer salad! :)

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    goodcookbecky — July 10, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

    welcome back! I have missed your posts! This looks great. I just got a fresh pineapple. This looks too good! :-)

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    The Duo Dishes — July 10, 2010 @ 8:37 pm

    The dressing is tops! That would work well on fish too.

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    DivineChoice — July 10, 2010 @ 9:37 pm

    Shared this on Twitter. Lovely summer food. My mouth is watering.

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    Sage — July 11, 2010 @ 11:26 am

    What a fantastic blog you have! Love everything about it; great recipes and photos. Looks clean and sharp. I have so much to learn and you inspire me.
    Rita

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    Sushma Mallya — July 11, 2010 @ 2:03 pm

    welcome back ..and this dish looks very colourful pam,

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    Chris — July 11, 2010 @ 2:19 pm

    Great colors and the flavors of the dressing sound perfect. But the only thing I could think of reading this post was remembering working in the produce department when I was 18. I constantly mis-pronounced jicama as jick-a-ma around my produce manager because it drove him nuts. I even had a cashier do a price check on it so I could say jickama over the intercom and watch his reaction.

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    Create. Snap. Eat. — July 11, 2010 @ 4:53 pm

    I absolutely adore your presentation! Thank you for being an inspiration.

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    Tiffany — July 11, 2010 @ 5:07 pm

    Very nice, looks tasty and is a different take on a salad. Great photos!

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    Kerstin — July 11, 2010 @ 8:18 pm

    What a unique and tasty dressing! I love fresh pineapple!

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    Jason — July 11, 2010 @ 10:23 pm

    what a perfect recipe for the nice weather we've been having! Yum

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    Life is Reed-iculous! — July 11, 2010 @ 10:43 pm

    Pam! i made a combo of your bruschetta and the feta/roasted garlic spread crostini recipes and it was SOOOO GOOD!

    have a great sunday evening!

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